OSX formatted FAT32 external HD to work on windows?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by YoYoMa, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    I formatted one of my external hard drives in OSX (with the disk utility) to the FAT32 standard so I could access the files on my Vista machine. Although Windows recognizes the drive when I connect it, the drive never shows up in My Computer. Anyone have any idea what the problem is and/or how to fix it?
  2. byakuya macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    that sure is a weird issue you are experiencing.
    I have that exact same setup and it didn't work the first time (under xp) for me neither, so I formatted the drive once again and after that it miraculously worked.
  3. YoYoMa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    Good to know I'm not the only one who's had this problem. I cannot take your approach though; the drive is full and I would much rather not delete it.

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